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Chamber to host annual meeting on Thursday

The Rockdale Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual meeting at noon Thursday (Jan. 12) in the Patterson Civic Center.

During the luncheon meeting, Chamber officials will review the year past and outline goals for 2012.

Becky Marek will begin her term as Chamber chairperson, replacing Cindy Jerman, who has served during the past year.

Bailey benefit ahead Jan. 28 at The Ranch

A benefit to assist longtime Rockdale-Thorndale area resident Andrea Bailey is set for Jan. 28 at The Ranch.

Activities include a morning motorcycle run, chili supper, live auction at 1 p.m. and music by Scott Leonard.

Bailey has been diagnosed with stage III-B cervical cancer and has no medical insurance.

Registration for the benefit motorcycle run starts at 9:30 a.m. with the first bike out at 11 and last bike in at 4 p.m., according to organizer Charles Starr.

Fee is $20 per rider, $25 for rider and passenger.

For more information on the ride, contact Starr at 512-540- 2561.

An Andrea Bailey Benefit bank account has been established for her at Rockdale Federal Credit Union

Film workshop ahead Friday at Apache Pass

An invitation-only film workshop with Carol Pirie, deputy director/program manager of the Texas Film Commission’s Film Friendly Texas Program, is set for Friday, at Apache Pass.

The workshop is a project of Leadership Milam, a group charged with seeking out emerging leaders, throughout the county, Paul Brian Morton, Leadership Milam member and president of the Thorndale Area Chamber of Commerce, said.

MDD mulls candidates for recruiter position

The Rockdale Municipal Development District (MDD) will soon begin the process of interviewing candidates for a manager/business recruiter position.

MDD directors met in executive session Thursday. Gary Griesbach, chairman, said the district received 12 applications for the position and has narrowed the field to several candidates.

AEIS hearing, school board meeting Tuesday

A hearing for public discussion of Rockdale ISD’s Academic excellence Indicator System (AEIS) is set for 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, in the Central Administration Building, according to Pam Kaufmann, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.

“Information will be provided regarding the 2009-10 district and campus performance profiles, comparable improvement, future performance objectives and district and campus improvements plans,” she said. “All parents and community members are urged to attend.”

Follow ing the hear ing the board will go into regular session. Agenda items include an executive session to conduct the annual superintendent evaluation.

Library book sale will end with free offer

Friends of the Library’s ongoing sale at the city library will conclude with a special “ free day” on Thursday, Jan. 19.

“On that date, anyone who wishes may come to the library and choose five books for free,” Ann King, spokesperson said.

“Books continue to be displayed on tables throughout the library,” she said.

Funds received from the sale are used to support the library, she said.

Prayers to continue at county sessions

CA MERON— Count y Judge Dave Barkemeyer told commissioners Monday he had received a letter from Americans United for Separation of Church and State concerning the prayer which opens commissioners’ meetings.

Barkemeyer proposed continuing prayers but adding a “moment of silence,” saying “anyone can offer their prayer or feeling.”

“As Americans, I believe we should respect those who are not Christians,” he said.

During the meeting, Barkemeyer praised county employees for their performance in 2011. “You did an excellent job,” he said.

Barkemeyer cautioned that 2012 would be a challenging year due to capital murder trials and an ongoing taxable values suit by Luminant.


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